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  1. Having an all purpose rod for bream, trevally, snapper and kings isn't necessarily the best idea. Where would you be fishing, and what style fishing would it be? I would have entirely different advice for beach fishing vs land based lure flicking for example. If you want to have one multi purpose rod for every situation and every fish you will never be happy, so it's a good idea to narrow down what you want to do with the rod before deciding how to rig it.
  2. I'm looking to buy a fish finder to put onto my Hobie Mirage, but I have no idea where to start looking. I tried doing some research, but I have no clue what I'm reading in terms of what I do and don't need. I'd be fishing mostly in depths around 1-15m (20m at a push), targeting standard estuary fish (bream, flathead, jewfish etc.) in places like Sydney Harbour and Middle Harbour. I'm really just worried about getting accurate water depths and accurate readings, not too fussed about any bells or whistles. My price range is probably around 150-300, but I would prefer it to be in the lower ranges of that. I'm happy with advice on what to look for in a finder, or suggestions for a finder that will do what I need it to do, cheers.
  3. I had a look at the bottom side of the kayak, I realised that the only scupper holes are located on the bottom most part of the bottom, which means that method is out. What you posted seems like a great solution, I'm just worried about signal loss with an in hull mount. Is there any significant difference in performance of in hull vs in the water?
  4. I'm not 100% sure which year my hobie is, as it was my dad's. It is definitely an older model, maybe around 2007 or 2008. It doesn't have the lowrance transducer slot, but it does have some scupper holes on the bottom, I'll try take a photo of them when I get home.
  5. Thing is, for me my kayak is my boat, so I use it for pretty much everything, flicking lures, jigging, live baiting etc. The main reason I want a sounder is to find holes and structure on the bottom for dropping live baits, and seeing fish activity is always nice of course. My dad installed a Navman depth sounder onto our boat when we still had it (that depth sounder doesn't work anymore) and it was awesome, made our fishing so much easier. I'd be using the kayak in pretty similar areas, so I don't see why it wouldn't be equally useful. I'm not gonna go overboard, I'm thinking more and more I'll just go with the $200 garmin striker 4.
  6. 1. With j hooks or suicide hooks I find it's best to cover most of the hook in the bait, but you have to leave at least a little bit of the hook point out of the bait, otherwise how does the fish get hooked? Which circle hooks you need to leave most of the hook open, as the fish needs to have a fairly bare hook in their mouth when they run for it to work. It's advised to only have one entrance and exit point with circles. 2. Yes, bream love them. Other fish might too, but mostly bream. 3. You are right about the J hook vs circle. Jerk with Js, let circles hook the fish themselves. 6/0 is a good size for live baits for big fish, e.g. jewfish kingfish. You can even go up to about 10/0 for live baiting. For stuff like bream and flathead, that is far too big, try maybe size 1 or 2 for bream, 1/0-3/0 for flathead.
  7. I have done a bit of research, gotten my head a bit around what I do and don't need in a sounder. I have narrowed down my search to the Raymarine Dragonfly 4 Pro, Garmin striker 4+ or Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 45cv. I know that Hobies are designed with Lowrances in mind, but the contour mapping is something I really want, and the cheapest Lowrance with that feature is way out of my budget. Has anyone had any experience with these models, or whether they could be installed easily in a Hobie? As a bit of a different option I was thinking of the Deeper Smart Sonar Pro as it looks pretty easy to use and packed with features. The only thing I'm concerned about there is the 4 hour battery life, because when I go out I'm normally out for 6 or 7 hours. Also thanks for the link Regan, I'll give it a read.
  8. None at the moment, I'll have to install one with the sounder.
  9. Does anyone have any experience using waterproof phone cases with salt water? I know that mixing technology and salt water is like mixing cacti and balloons, but I need to be able to use my phone at the end of a kayak session to arrange transport home. I would probably leave the phone in a couple of layers of zip lock bags the whole trip, but it's still a worry that it will get ruined when I pull it out to make a call, or if I flip the kayak. It would be great if someone could recommend a good waterproof case that has been tried and tested with salt water, or perhaps give a word of warning to never bring my phone with me in the kayak if applicable.
  10. I have found this to be fairly accurate and useful: http://fish-on.com.au/what-the-fish/
  11. I agree, I use willyweather for wind, rain and temperature. I use http://www.tides4fishing.com/au/new-south-wales/sydney for tides, moon cycle etc.
  12. Yep, it's by far the best knot for that too, due to its slim profile. Maybe do a few more wraps for a knot that needs to stay there forever, and really make sure it's solid, because even though it's a good knot it's an easy one to botch.
  13. I had some plans to go scuba diving this weekend, but unfortunately due to a very poorly timed cold I couldn't do it, leaving my weekend wide open. After seeing that today was a full moon, I decided I would check out a spot I haven't tried before, as I always like to use the ultra full moon low tides as a bit of a recon to learn more about the area when trying out a new spot. I invited a mate of mine who has never fished lures before too, because I know fishing the mud flats can be a fun and easy way to start out. When fishing a new spot I also tend to try all sorts of lures, so amongst us we fished squidgy wrigglers, jackall chubbys, bassday sugapens, halco scorpions, ecogear sx40s, luckcraft sammys, tt switchblades and softie grubs, a favourite lure of mine that isn't made anymore. I had the most success with the sx40, and 2" softie grubs, with nearly all of my fish being on the two. We got to Rodd point at about 1pm, and it was pretty bleak when we got there. There was a vicious southerly blowing, and it was raining quite heavily. After about 45 minutes at Rodd point with only a single bite we decided to walk west along the shore to get somewhere more sheltered, and to get to a point where we could cast with the wind effectively. While walking along the beach I only managed to catch only one little flattie, so we kept walking. One and a half hours in all we had caught between us was a single baby flathead, but then we found an oyster encrusted outcrop, which I assume would be fully submerged most of the time. Luckily by the time we got there the wind and rain had stopped and it was around the time of the change of tide, so the conditions were near perfect. Despite the vicious mud and oysters had to walk through and were nearly killed by, we managed to get out to the end of the outcrop, and that's when things started heating up. I started just pulling in flathead by the handful on the softie grubs. I had 2 seperate flathead take the lure literally within seconds of it hitting the water. For about a 45 minute period it was fish after fish. I was pleased to catch a few whiting seeing I hadn't caught any since last summer, it's good to see them biting again. In the end we totalled 3 whiting and 12 flathead, but which a disappointing lack of bream, the target species... Despite the poor weather at the start, it was definitely a great trip, especially because now I have a good knowledge of the bottom I can use for next time. I don't have any photos unfortunately, because we were wading and I didn't want to risk drowning my phone, but most of the flathead were decent sized (over 40cm), with the biggest being 47cm, with the biggest whiting being 32cm. I was going to add a review of my new crocs here, but upon reading the forum rules again I'm not sure if that would be allowed. Please let me know it's permitted though, because I would love to add it.
  14. And here I was, all proud of my 83cm pb... Great fish, and great post by Hooked-Up, that's some really helpful info.
  15. I'm also curious. It is worth doing to a baitrunner 4000D? It is spooled with 30lb braid and I'm using it for kings and jews. I am kind of regretting getting the 4000 as I feel the 6000 would have been a bit better suited, so I thought upgrading the washers could be a way to make it act a bit more like the larger model.
  16. In terms of lure 2-3" grubz work well. For bait peeled prawns or pilchard chunks are ideal.
  17. Thanks for the tip mate. I know I got all my fish casting north off the rock groyne, so that is definitely some sound advice.
  18. Yeah, that's fair enough then. The platypus mono suggested earlier is definitely a good bet for lure fishing. In terms of braid, I rarely get wind knots with 8lb Jbraid.
  19. Why are you switching from braid? There are definitely situations where pure mono is better, but braid is better in just about every way for flicking lures.
  20. A lot of your questions I still don't know enough about to confidently answer, but I know that fish definitely do bite more around the change of tides. That's for quite a few reasons. The first is that it is the calmest time in the water, meaning fish need to expel less energy fighting the current, and have more energy to feed. The second is that baitfish get pushed around a lot by tidal currents, so the change of tide is going to mean that baitfish which have been accumulated to one place by the ingoing/outgoing tide are going to start being pushed the other way in large quantities, leaving predators ready to strike when they do. I probably haven't explained that very well, but it is a real thing. Those are just 2 reasons for fishing change of tides, there could be many more. I do also feel from experience I catch a lot more in these times.
  21. Yeah, I forgot to mention this. If you do go to coles, make 100% sure that you are buying Australian prawns. They have the country of origin written on the label, if none of them are Australian prawns definitely do not use them.
  22. Fresh bait is 100% absolutely better. From my experience, you will catch about double the amount of fish from fresh prawns or squid than was caught on the day than stuff that has been sitting in a freezer. Even prawns from coles will do though, I would just avoid servo prawns, they are pretty crap most of the time.
  23. I have been spending the last little while trying to catch my first jew, and land my first kingfish, but have so far been unsuccessful. I have been leaving out one line with two 6/0 gamakatsu live bait hooks, on squid strips or live yakkas, depending on what I can catch on the day. I recently found a sienna 6000 reel I never knew I owned, and am thinking of leaving out 2 lines instead of one to increase my chances. Because the sienna doesn't have the baitunner feature, I thought I'd put some circle hooks on it, and make it my honorary squid reel, with the baitrunner for yakkas. I know that circles aren't the best for jews because of their hollow mouth cavity, but are they are viable option for catching kings with squid strips? If so, what is a good circle hook for kings? I was thinking of gamakatsu octopus circles, but I've heard a lot of negative reviews on them elsewhere, so I was thinking more of the owner SSW Inline circle hooks.
  24. What do you mean by this? Do you mean that instead of burying the hook you just stick it through one side and out the other to keep the hook exposed?
  25. I have just heard that circle hooks are the best when it comes to letting the fish hook themselves. When I'm out in the kayak I like to leave two or thee lines out at a time, and having one or two of them not need me to set the hook just makes my life a little easier. Are there any other hook styles that are more suited for the fish to hook themselves? Thanks mate, that is exactly the info I was looking for. I reckon I'll grab some 7/0 octopus circles for my squid line and stick with the 5/0 and 6/0 live bait hooks for the live bait line, as the baitrunner feature makes setting the hook really easy, and makes circle hooks superfluous.